20th-21st Century literature and culture, Queer Studies, AIDS,
Holocaust & Jewish Studies
Interests and Current Work
My main areas of interest are twentieth-century French literature and culture, gay and lesbian studies, cultural studies, and, more recently, Jewish studies. My recent research focuses on the questions of community and republican universalism. It deals with issues such as the engagement of urban spaces by minoritized groups, the cultural and political uses of "the Republic," representations of collective disasters (AIDS, the Holocaust), masculinity, the concepts of neighborhood and family, etc.
Other major interests include medical discourse, the construction of otherness in the nineteenth century, and the extreme right. I have taught courses and seminars on all these questions.
My new book is now complete and tentatively titled Sharing HIV: Tact, Contact and Disclosure.
Recent and Selected Publications
Les revenantes: Charlotte Delbo, la voix d?une communauté à jamais déportée. Ed. with Sharon Marquart. Toulouse : Presses universitaires du Mirail, 2011.
My Father and I: The Marais and the Queerness of Community. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.
AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001.
Recent articles on masculinity, gay shame, AIDS, and the Holocaust.
Recent graduate courses taught:
French 855: Thinking (in) the Plural
French 855: DysclosureFrench 656: Writing (After) Auschwitz
French 855: Universalism and Its Discontents
French 656: The Marais: Memory and Urban Space
RLL 500/French 656: Writing with Others: The Ethics of Personal Writing
Recent undergraduate courses taught:
French 270: Disease and Community
French 274: Neighborhoods and Other Spaces
French 374: The Extreme Right in France
French 374: The Public, the Private,and the Universal
French 378: Deportation, Holocaust, and the Invention of Post-War France
French 379: AIDS in France: Literature and Politics
French 379: Families: Stories of Sex and Violence
French 350: Living With the Past
*French 466: Gay Male Cultures
*combined graduate and undergraduate course